SORRENTO — The Ascension Parish School Board voted Tuesday night to place a renewal of a 10-year, 2.5-mill property tax on the Nov. 19 ballot.

The renewal, if voters approve, is expected to generate about $2 million per year for building and facility maintenance throughout the school district, said Business Services Director Diane Allison.

This marks the first renewal of the tax, which would otherwise expire in December 2012, Allison said.

The tax represents only a small percentage of the overall annual maintenance budget of about $22 million, said Superintendent Patrice Pujol, but is still critical.

“At a point when we are looking at a deficit in our budget, it’s important to have every piece in place,” Pujol said.

Other matters taken up by the board included:

LOW BID ACCEPTED: The board accepted a low bid of $7.2 million for construction of a new classroom building and renovations at Gonzales Primary School. D. Honoré Construction LLC submitted the lowest of seven bids on the project, which is being paid for through a 2009 bond initiative dedicated to updates and renovations to some of the parish’s oldest schools.

FOOTBALL PARKING: St. Amant High School will have use of a half-acre site near the football stadium to be used for parking during games.

The board approved a five-year lease on the land, located behind Murray’s Superette/Grocery Store, 44269 La. 429, St. Amant.

According to the terms of the agreement, the board will pay $100 per year for the property.

RIBBON CUTTING: Sorrento Primary School officially opened its doors Tuesday night with a ribbon cutting and flag-raising ceremony, followed by the regular board meeting in the new school’s cafeteria.

Board President Ed Price recognized the work of the town of Sorrento, Ascension Parish government and the system’s Planning and Construction Department for their work on the project.